Chief Officer embarks on trip
Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer has stepped down from his role after he and his wife have decided to travel the globe.
Scott Darnill, 51, who has been fighting fires in Franklin since 1999, and wife, Linda, have reached a point in their lives where they believe it is more important ’’to have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff,’’ and have opted to pursue a two-year travelling expedition. The firefighter, who has potentially saved the lifes of hundreds of people, has also witnessed death first-hand - a sight many would rather not see.
Although Darnill regrets leaving the job he loves, he said it was tragic moments that had influenced his decision to step down. ‘‘The worst thing is going to anything that involves death,’’ said Darnill.
The couple departing New Zealand last month will spend most of their time in South East Asia.
The Darnills do not have a set itinerary, however, Indonesia was to be their first stop where they planned to spend 30 days exploring. From here, they will fly to Thailand where they have managed to land a house-sitting opportunity.
‘‘We really enjoy South East Asia, and the people, and the food, and we’re not really getting any younger,’’ said Darnill. He said he was going to miss the brigade, the Franklin community and his neighbours. ‘‘It’s a hard decision leaving here, this is the hardest thing to do, is to leave.’’